In afternoon action in the cement jungle, it is the middle game between San Francisco and the New York Mets. Those betting baseball have to decide if a big favorite is a money line or run line play.
Though the underdog could attract some action, at close to 2-to-1 MLB odds, you better really like something about the starting pitcher to have chance to back this pooch. New York has won 10 of 11, thanks to stellar starting pitching and strong bullpen. After losing five straight the Giants had taken large stride of improvement and won five of six before getting crushed 13-1.
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Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA and 1.67 WHIP) used to be a workhorse, logging 200 or more innings from 2008-12 and bookended those years with 190 2/3 and 184 1/3 innings. With a rather simple delivery, it was just assumed the right-hander was going to be good for those innings into his 30’s. However, 2014 was turning point, as elbow issues became more pronounced and a seldom discussed strained flexor tendon sapped even more of his ability. While Cain is not close to the pitcher he used to be at almost any level, he’s in the fourth year of making 20 million per year (same number for 2017) and San Francisco can only hope he can be a fair No.5 starter and stay healthy. Opposing teams are hitting .321 against him presently.
There was nothing about Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1,54, 1.11) in the minors that suggested ace stuff. While all his pitches were good, all scouts agreed maybe a No.4 or No.5 starter because of the velocity. However, once arriving in New York and putting on the blue and orange, it was like Clark Kent to Superman. Coaches found a way to up the speed on his pitches and increase the movement. With this newfound confidence, the curve developed more break and the slider began darting late and downward, becoming impossible to hit. Ask San Fran hitters how much fun he is face, having struck out 17 times in 15 1/3 innings and scoring two runs.
After a super start, the Giants offense went chilly and was at least half the reason why they lost eight of nine in the middle of April. San Francisco has emerged from those dark days, thanks the steadiness of Brandon Belt (.304 BA and 16 RBI’s) and Hunter Pence (.279 BA and 16 RBI’s).